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Thread: Hatchling eye deformity?

  1. #1
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    Oct 2017

    Default Hatchling eye deformity?

    This is my first gargoyle breeding season. Everything has been going well so far. But I'm not sure what to do about my newest hatchling. I was worried about this gecko because his/her clutch mate hatched 2 days before he/she did and the egg showed a lot of sweating. This gecko did end up hatching by itself, however he/she has an eye deformity. The eye itself is much smaller than it should be, as is the eye socket. The eye does not respond to light and appears to be always dilated. However, the gecko is eating, walking, jumping, defecating, and otherwise behaving normally. Does anyone have experience with this kind of deformity? Will it decrease quality of life or cause pain for this gecko? Should this animal be humanely euthanized or could it live a normal life?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    East-central Wisconsin


    It's definitely not a normal size, and you may wish to check with a vet about it, but as long as it doesn't seem to bother the gecko and he is fine otherwise, I don't think it should be euthanized. Just don't breed that one, in case the deformity might be hereditary.
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    Nov 2011
    Somerville, MA


    A few years ago I had a gargoyle hatch unexpectedly in the parents' enclosure. It was entirely missing an eye on one side. I separated it and treated it like other hatchlings, though it didn't survive. I agree that you should give it a chance and see if it can establish itself with eating.



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